Siemens has helped form a team of prominent industry representatives to support Australia’s IoT efforts under what is being called the "fourth industrial revolution", or ‘Industry 4.0’.

‘The Prime Minister’s Industry 4.0 Taskforce’  has members from engineering, research, academic and advanced manufacturing fields.

It is led by Siemens Australia and New Zealand chairman and CEO Jeff Connolly, and also has representatives including:

  • John Ruthven, president and managing director, SAP Australia and New Zealand
  • John Pollaers, chairman Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council
  • Stephen Durkin, CEO Engineers Australia
  • Professor Aleksandar Subic, deputy vice-chancellor (R&D), Swinburne University of Technology
  • Keith McLean, CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship Director

According to Siemens, the taskforce directly supports the government’s National Science and Innovation Agenda (NISA) and is a direct outcome of the recommendations made by the Australia-Germany Advisory Group in November last year to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

“We saw this as a unique opportunity to action the recommendations of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group, which includes the development of global Industry 4.0 standards,” Connolly said.